Are you tempted by the jars and dishes of chocolate your coworkers keep? We have an easy trick to help you overcome! Researchers found that taking a 15-minute walk can cut how much people snack on chocolate by half, even in stressful situations!
Published in the journal Appetite, researchers looked at 78 chocolate-lovers in a simulated-work environment. Some were asked to take a brisk 15-minute walk, others were given low-stress tasks and some were given more challenging work tasks. Everyone had access to chocolate that was in a bowl on the desk where all the study subjects were working. The results? The people who walked ate, on average, half the amount of chocolate as the others, no matter how challenging of a task they were asked to do.
Researchers say that the results point to mindless eating as a habit that we can overcome.
"We often feel that these snacks give us an energy boost or help us deal with the stress of our jobs, including boredom," Lead researcher Professor Adrian Taylor of Sport and Health Sciences at the University of Exeter told ScienceDaily. "People often find it difficult to cut down on their daily treats, but this study shows that by taking a short walk, they are able to regulate their intake by half."
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